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7:40 PM ET, December 11, 2015


 Top News: 
David Barboza / New York Times:
Alibaba Buying South China Morning Post, Aiming to Influence Media  —  The Alibaba Group, the Chinese Internet giant, is making an ambitious play to reshape media coverage of its home country, taking aim at what company executives call the “negative” portrayal of China in the Western media.
Chow Chung-yan / South China Morning Post:
Q&A with Alibaba executive vice chairman Joseph Tsai South China Morning Post sale to Alibaba, objective coverage, and plans to remove the paper's paywall  —  Alibaba buys the South China Morning Post: Full Q&A with executive vice chairman Joseph Tsai  —  Main menu
Jay Rosen / Facebook:
The new owners of the Las Vegas Review-Journal remain a mystery, even to its staff  —  Last night something strange came across my screen.  I think it qualifies as a mystery.  News that the Las Vegas Review-Journal, largest newspaper in the state, was sold to... well, that's the odd part.
Bloomberg Business:
Appeals court judge allows FanDuel, DraftKings to continue to operate in New York state while waiting on another ruling  —  Daily Fantasy Sites Back in Business in N.Y. After Appeal  —  DraftKings and FanDuel can continue doing business in New York for now, after an appeals court halted …
Chinese Internet czar Lu Wei says no plans to stop blocking foreign websites, defends censorship calling it regulation  —  Bad luck Zuck: China says no plans to stop blocking foreign web sites  —  Beijing (CNN)Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been courting China assiduously …
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Ofcom research: global TV revenues hit £244bn in 2014, up 5% year over year, with UK viewers generating an average of £216 each, behind US and Germany  —  Global TV revenues hit £244bn last year  —  Subscriptions and advertising driving global growth …
Discussion: The Drum
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Study finds 81% of UK adults used online services to watch TV or films during September and October, ahead of Europe, Japan, Australia, and US
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Cost of Met's journalism investigations rises £4m in seven months to more than £40m  —  The Metropolitan Police has now spent more than £40m on investigations into journalism, figures obtained by Press Gazette show.  —  The cost of Operation Weeting into phone-hacking …
Discussion: Guardian
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
UK's Crown Prosecution Service won't bring charges against Mirror journalists or News UK due to insufficient evidence
David Lieberman / Deadline:
Dish Network's Charlie Ergen Hands Day To Day Oversight To Erik Carlson  —  The decision is part of Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen's sweeping change in the top ranks that the company says is designed to “align its business to more fully respond to the dynamic pay-TV environment” and become a player in wireless communications.
Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
Hezbollah TV vows to air after satellite transmission stops  —  6 photos  —  BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV station vowed on Thursday to continue broadcasting after it was abruptly dropped by one of the Middle East's main satellite operators.  —  The move by Saudi Arabia-hosted ArabSat earlier …
Discussion:, Reuters and
Kari Wethington / The E.W. Scripps Company:
NC's Capitol Broadcasting signs with E.W. Scripps' over-the-top service, Newsy, to publish daily news videos  —  Capitol Broadcasting signs with Newsy for millennial-focused video news offering  —  CINCINNATI - Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc., has entered into an agreement …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York:
Daily News finds its voice attacking Trump (and the NRA)  —  The New York tabloid has been on a roll with its page one headlines, blasting ‘gun nuts,’ NRA chief ‘Jihadi Wayne’ LaPierre—and Donald Trump, shown beheading Lady Liberty  —  Hell hath no fury like a tabloid on a mission.
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James Rainey / Variety:
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Discussion: CNBC
Agence France-Presse:
Turkey fines Twitter $$50,700 for allowing the publication of pro-terror content
Discussion: Digital Trends and The Hill
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
Only three of YouTube's top 10 videos of 2015 were made by ordinary YouTubers
Discussion: SFist and Fortune
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Mozilla's newest app perfectly captures the ethical dilemma of ad-blocking
Sayan Chakraborty / LiveMint:
Indian e-commerce site Flipkart stops selling e-books as of December 11, will transition users to Rakuten Kobo
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Kara Swisher / Re/code:
The Exodus Continues: Yahoo Loses Ad Product Chief Prashant Fuloria
Hadas Gold / Politico:
NBC, MSNBC name Robert Costa political analyst
Discussion: Poynter and @nbcnewspr
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Time Inc. Partners With Hulu, Yahoo and Zealot Networks for Video Distribution
Discussion: Media Wire Daily